Wood is a fantastic resource to work with, as it offers plenty of advantages over other building materials. As a wood vendor and supplier, we feel it is our duty to provide as many customers as possible with the best quality timber.
Nevertheless, there are a number of things that customers are best to keep into account when purchasing timber. Since wood is a natural resource, it also has its limitations.
When importers order a batch of solid wood, they receive a wide range of lengths. Some logs could be as much as 7 meters long, while others are shorter than a meter.
Our experience shows us that logs with a length of +- 4 meters and up can be used in the most applications, which causes them to go out of stock first. Therefore, it is a common issue among wood importers to have an overstock or surplus of ‘short’ wood. This is why we expect our customers to not only purchase longer logs.
If you need a quote within a short time span, we recommend you provide all the required information clearly and succinctly per e-mail. The following information is most helpful: Volume, sections, planed/raw, wood species.
DETERMINING THE PRICE
In order to correctly determine the prices for our deck boards, we only need to factor in the wood species, section, and the number of (square) meters - the prices for all our planing profiles are the same.
SOLID BOARDS VERSUS IRREGULAR PLACEMENT
Although a deck consisting of equal size, solid boards may look more stylish, it’s also likely to be more expensive. Since wood is a natural product, there’s always the possibility that there’s a slight imperfection in the board. When boards are placed irregularly, imperfections can be shortened or removed entirely, making the remainder of the board fit for use. When using full, solid boards, trimming away the imperfections is not an option, thus forcing one to factor in a higher waste factor.
For outside decks that are fitted irregularly, it is best to calculate a waste factor of 2 to 5%, depending on the wood type. For terraces that are installed using solid boards, this percentage can amount up to 10 to 15%.
The longer the deck board, the more tension it will have to endure. This tension can cause the board to become crooked over time. Boards of around 2 meters are in general considerably straighter than boards of around 6 meters.
You can find more information on hardwood decking here.